Month: November 2016

Audience as Artwork

London-based curator Yasmina Reggad gives Selections a sneak peak of the diverse line-up of performances set to enliven Art Dubai next March and shares her ideas for engaging the frazzled art fair audience Yasmina Reggad is a curator who likes to push artists to their limits and finds the discipline of performance art essential in […]

Vivid Purity

Selections takes a look back at the life and art of Willy Aractingi, whose work carries characteristics of the primitive art movement, yet retains a unique character all of its own Willy Aractingi described himself as a naive primitive artist. Aractingi’s painting style is full of colours and humour and is reminiscent of his predecessors […]

On Exile and Belonging

Beirut-based Iraqi artist Leila Kubba explores displacement, exile and homecoming in her latest solo show at Artspace Hamra With the number of refugees worldwide higher than at any time in history, the experience of displacement, migration and exile is one that we should all seek to understand. For artist Leila Kubba, who was born and […]

The Possibilities of Paper

Liane Mathes Rabbath has spent 20 years experimenting with the diverse medium of collage, creating elaborate geometric works out of cigarette papers and cardWhen Liane Mathes Rabbath moved from her native Luxembourg to Lebanon over two decades ago, she began working as an artist for the first time. Coming into contact with prominent Lebanese artists […]

Opera on the Rise

In the past five years the art of opera has taken the Middle East by storm. Selections takes a look at the history and upcoming programmes of the Royal Opera House Muscat, the Katara Opera House and the new Dubai Opera The Middle East, famous for its rich tradition of music and dance, is not […]

Coloured by Japan

Modern Japanese icons are lighting up Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Modern Art Gallery until 24th November. The show is over two floors. Downstairs are a selection of paintings by veteran Koji Yoshioka, awarded the Salon d’Automne in 1976 after moving to France at just 24 years of age. His bright and often clashing landscapes of well-known […]

The Performing Arts Issue #39

As winter approaches and we savour the changing of the seasons, we turn our focus to the performing arts. From opera, to dance,to theatre in all its many forms and guises, we explore a world in which movement, visuals and sound work together — perhaps more fully than in any other medium — to create […]

Behind Every Great Garment

Chanel’s haute couture collection pays homage to fashion’s unsung heroes When he unveiled his fall/winter 2016-17 haute couture collection for Chanel last July, Karl Lagerfeld was very publicly paying tribute to Chanel’s 200-plus behind-the scenes workers who have long remained invisible in the glitzy fashion world. For the Paris fashion show, he transported Chanel’s workers […]

More Than A Feeling

Raed Yassin’s current show mines the past through a variety of media. A Feeling In Perspective is a well-curated journey through a slice of the artist’s output of the past three years. Factory-produced silks are embroidered with everyman’s family memories in the series Dancing, Smoking, Kissing. The fragility of the material resembles Yassin’s memories from […]

What a Relief

American giant of post-painterly abstraction Frank Stella comes to Leila Heller Gallery in Dubai Born in Malden, Massachusetts in 1936, Frank Stella is a painter and printmaker who stood out very early on in his life for his innovative minimalist style and what art critic Clement Greenberg called “post-painterly abstraction” — a movement emanating from […]